UIC historian recognized with AHA award for outstanding teaching

Robert Johnston, UIC Historian

University of Illinois Chicago’s Robert Johnston was named the recipient of the American Historical Association’s 2020 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes outstanding teaching and advocacy for history teaching at two-year, four-year, and graduate colleges and universities.

Johnston, who came to UIC from Yale University in 2003, is a leading specialist in teaching and classroom leadership and serves as director of UIC’s Teaching of History program. His scholarly interests focus on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, post-1970 U.S. history, the history of medicine, and the politics of historiography.

“Robert is recognized as one of the best instructors of history in the land. He has a slew of graduate students he is mentoring and runs our growing and dynamic Teaching of History program, which continually produces and places, in Chicago Public Schools and beyond, excellent secondary education history teachers,” said Kevin Schultz professor and chair of history and professor of religious studies and Catholic studies. “We are delighted to celebrate his nationwide achievement.”